Sounds on Sunday 14

Andy Leung – Lights – “Andy Leung is an artist, music producer and contemporary composer. He was the youngest composer commissioned for the London Olympics 2012 and Cultural Olympiad, and featured on BBC Television and Radio. He has since performed in Europe’s best live venues and festivals, including Jazz Café, Koko, Bestival, Outlook and Southbank. In 2016, he released his debut full-length electronic live album ‘New Cola’. The work re-imagined the erhu (traditional Chinese violin) for the 21st century and was a ground-breaking work that marked a new era for the erhu. This is the second song to Leung’s lifetime project, in which he will release a free new single on the last Friday of every month for the rest of his career.  To get priority access to the project, sign up here:”

The Captain’s Son – Walking Around Purposely – “The Captain’s Son is Paige Byrd, Jarred Hayden and William Hopkins. Together they have the ability to blend catchy warm guitar melodies, laid-back harmonizing vocals and upbeat drum rhythms, reminiscent of early California surf pop. Hailing from Springfield, Missouri, the band formed after Byrd and Hayden started playing together as teens. Hopkins later joined the band and after realizing they shared the same passion for music, it encouraged them to continue their journey together as The Captain’s Son. The Captain’s Son self-titled EP is set for release March 10th.”

Chase McBride – On The Other Side – American songwriter and visual artist with four solo albums already under his belt, this is a single from his new album “Cold Water”, released on 18 January 2017. My favourite this week.

Greytail – Raven – Electronica / Dance. “Bring headphones”. This is all I know.

D-ROCKSTEADY – Wandering: “With his first single, ‘Wandering’, we are brought into our own unique world with use of subtle voices, percussive textures, and sounds of natural ambiance.  Breathing, murmuring, and other vocal elements are used to guide us through a journey of ups and downs; whether it provides a soundtrack to the journey of our ongoing lives or simply that of the wandering that exists in our own minds. D-ROCKSTEADY plans to release a four track EP: ‘Wandering’ set to drop late February 2017.”

Ruta Loop – Around You – From a young age Lithuanian singer Ruta Loop (real name – Ruta Zibaityte) challenged herself in many different musical projects on Lithuanian TV (Ruta was one of the finalists of “The Voice of Lithuania”), radio and has been a backing vocalist for a lot of famous Lithuanian singers. This is her debut song, created only by her, using her voice and a loop station.

Jordyn Cooper – Make Me Feel (EP)

“Hi, my name is Jordyn Cooper. I’m an independent soul/pop artist based out of Tacoma, WA who travels regionally through the WA, OR and CA circuit … In short, my music is an eclectic blend of indie rock infused with good soulful vibes.”

Love Ghost – Forgive Me – “Inspired by the 90’s grunge subculture, Los Angeles based Love Ghost successfully pays tribute to the most influential genre of alternative rock, while creating a unique and modern sound. Having grown up together, the five-piece are able to poignantly express both the hardships and joys of suburban teenage culture within their music. The band was formed by 15-year-old frontman Finn Bell who demonstrates a maturity beyond his years with his soulful lyrics and arrangements. Despite the band all being teenagers, their raw musical skill creates a nostalgic triumph of distorted guitar melodies, heavy drums and emotionally stimulated lyrics. Love Ghost’s musical composition is inspired by a mix of old universal horror films meshed with iconic grunge artists such as Nirvana and Alice in Chains.”

Funeral Casket – Heavy Darkness (EP) – “My name is Joshua, and I go by the artist/producer name Funeral Casket. I’m an Industrial Metal musician from Delaware … My style of music is Industrial with heavy Doom elements. I … use heavily distorted guitars and drum machine rhythms paired with Industrial Noise and FX to create the sound of a dark factory churning out nothing but blood soaked rubble. I call it “Industrial Death Factory Music”. I use art and horror themed concepts to build a unique story behind each of my musical releases. I release my music as 3 chapter horror stories divided into 3 tracks. Building a story around the music draws the listener deep into the dark, twisted depths of my world. I recently released my new 3-track EP titled “Heavy Darkness: The Legend of the Night Eaters” on Bandcamp and … I’m planning to release 1 EP per month this year.


RR Films: Smiling And Laughing

Sh*t is just about to get real: Theresa is actually stating something like a position on breakfast and the Donald is about to get the keys of doom in his tiny hands. So let’s get the fun out of the way now, with films that induce Smiling And Laughing.

To put it another way, what are the funniest films you’ve ever seen? For me, in recent years, it is Team America: World Police. Fuck yeah!

What are your favourite funny films?

Earworms 16 January 2017

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It’s all a bit wibbly and touchy-feely this week, so polish your wind-chimes, get out your loons and have a dance around the nearest park in the dawn. Duke Ellington will restore your equilibrium at the end (or failing that, a night in the cells should do the trick). Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the earworms coming to

Haiku Salut: Things Were Happening And They Were Strange – Abahachi: I have two main methods of discovering new music: one is the ‘Spill, and the other is the occasional review in the Grauniad where I’ll suddenly think, yes, that sounds like I might enjoy it. So, how could I resist a group described in a concert review as “if Kraftwerk had been an English demi-folk band”? This sounds to me more like Boards of Canada collaborating with the Herbert Pixner Project for Ghost Box, but either way it’s great.

Brendan Landis / Hey Exit – Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie) – glassarfemptee: Brendan Landis of Brooklyn cooks up the most exotic ambient and noise stuff – probably in his bedroom. Here he has taken all the recordings of Satie’s “Gymnopedie No 1” that he could find, and stretched them all to fit the longest and overlaid them. Genius. He hangs out as Hey Exit on Soundcloud if you want to hear more.

U Shrinivas; John McLaughin; Zakir Hussain; Shankar Mahadevan – Luki – Ravi Raman: Nearest to scat singing you’ll find in Carnatic fusion with mutual admiration society members Shrinivas and McLaughlin joining Shankar Mahadevan.

Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth – tincanman: Here’s one from last year for the science geeks among us: a song about American aerospace engineer Gary Flandro and the making of the Golden Records (sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth) launched in the Voyager explorers in 1977. Hopefully ET has a turntable.

Cat Stevens – Into White – AliM: Had this stuck on permanent earworm for a couple of weeks now, so I downloaded the album (which I used to have – Tea for the Tillerman). It’s still an excellent album and I love this track.

Duke Ellington Orchestra with Al Hibbler – Good Woman Blues – goneforeign: Duke Ellington was without doubt the most prolific song writer in the history of American music; he wrote for his orchestra every day from the early ’20’s ’til his death in 1974. There’s a list online that runs to 16 pages of his titles! I’ve collected his music throughout my life and one thing amazes me is that I can find that he wrote only one song titled as a blues; ‘Good Woman Blues’ which is here, sung by Al Hibbler from the 1940’s. Much of his orchestral music is based in the blues.

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The Great British Spill Awards!

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the glorious land of green fields, quaint little towns dappled in the evening sunlight, and chocolate-box cottages full of cottage industry making innovative jams and the like, that is post-Brexit Britain. Make Britain Great Again? Quite unnecessary; we’ve always been Great, one just has to wipe away some of the accumulated grime that’s been blown in from foreign places to see it. But making the Spill Awards Great Again, when so many of you good people have shown a dangerous tendency in the past to side with the Enemies of the People – that’s a plan we can all get behind! So, as the fog machines get to work in the Channel and the tea urn chunters in the corner, pull up a folding wooden chair and don’t get too comfortable. Continue reading

Spill Awards!

I’m never sure whether to call this the Spill Awards 2016, since they all relate to last year, or 2017 ‘cos that’s the year we’re now in. Either way, the votes have been counted and I’ve got my act together, and I’m delighted to announce that the award ceremony will be going out live this coming Friday, from 20:00 GMT – apologies to anyone for whom this will be massively inconvenient, but twas ever thus. All welcome. Dress: traditional and yet forward-looking. Cash bar.